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Mar 04 2016 1:00pm
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 Welcome back to Tribal Apocalypse!

   Table of Contents 

  1. Last Week on Tribal Apocalypse...
  2. The High Price of Winning
  3. Announcement Time!
  4. What's Next

Check the full archive for the "Diaries of the Apocalypse" series

by Kumagoro

 You might have noticed (or not) that I stopped updating my Creature Types Reference Table since before the first BFZ set – it missed Battle for Zendikar, Oath of the Gatewatch and Commander 2015 (aka Legendary Cube Prize Packs, as it's "called" online). That is because I also didn't write an Evaluation for those sets, and that is because my life has been too busy in the past few months. But now, hopefully, that dust settled, and I'll be back in action. I should also start updating my Pedias, at least the major ones, such as Demon and Angel. Like, the new Linvala is such a beautiful... ehm, art (by Magali Villeneuve). As a card, eh. But you wouldn't ever say that to her face, now, would you?


  • Event Number: 6.08, Week 269 BE
  • Date: February 27
  • Attendance: 12
  • Rounds: 3
  • Subformat: Regular
  • Winner: mihahitlor (Shaman)
  • 1 Loss: ML_Berlin (Human), gumgod (Angel), Socanelas (Eldrazi), ScionOfJustice (Eldrazi), NemesisParadigm (Ally), Generalissimo (Merfolk)
  • Underdog Prize: Golden_Lin (Thopter)
  • Tribes: Ally, Angel, Eldrazi (x2), Human (x3), Merfolk, Shaman, Sliver, Thopter, Zombie
  • Event link (with all players, pairings, standings, decks, and results): here it is

 Looks like mihahitlor is riding his Invitational win with gusto, and his Invitational Shamans have started to win regular events, too, where there's not only Woodfall Primus as a target for Natural Order + Recurring Nightmare + (speaking of Legendary Cube Prizes) the super-powerful Meren of Clan Nel Toth.


 Complicate interactions are nice, but sometimes just going straightforward pays off. It's the case of gumgod's midrange Angel deck, that doesn't even use any of the more $-intensive Angels and still managed to end Top 4 in a Regular event (with neither Elves nor Goblins present, though). Just Ancient Tomb to accelerate into 4 CMC and Lone Missionary as a way to offset the relative damage. Sounds easy enough, no?


 Eldrazi are currently dominating Modern; a very different, very larger breed is showing up in Tribal, courtesy of both Socanelas and ScionOfJustice.


 Finally, Thopters never showed up much often in Tribal Apocalypse (in fact, this is the 5th time is as many years); Golden_Lin took them off the shelf as part of a nefarious plan to win the Underdog Prize, and slapped them into a Cloudpost shell. The plan worked.



 Here's the prices of all the featured decks, courtesy of the amazing Deck Pricer from mtgGoldfish (MTGO Traders prices as of March 3, 2016):

 The Top 10 Cheapest Decks that Went Undefeated

  1. mihahitlor's Warriors, $1.95, 1st place on Event 233
  2. morpphling's Goblins, $2.35, 2nd place on Event 102
  3. JogandoPelado's Berserkers, $2.80, 1st place on Event 248
  4. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.32, 1st place on Event 154
  5. MisterMojoRising's Insects, $3.55, 2nd place on Event 201
  6. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.58, 1st place on Event 169
  7. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $3.70, 1st place on Event 145
  8. Gq1rf7's Goblins, $4.12, 2nd place on Event 141
  9. Gq1rf7's Assassins, $4.18, 1st place on Event 147
  10. mihahitlor's Goblins, $4.22, 1st place on Event 240

 NOTE: not adjusted to current prices; data collected since Event 85. 


 Just to remind you of a few things:


 Cockatrice Wants You! Be the first to win a match with the last orphan tribe and you'll win a 2-tix certificate from MTGO Traders. Remember: only tribes with at least 3 members are effectively considered tribes in Tribal Apocalypse (since tribes that field an equal or greater number of Changelings than actual members count as Shapeshifter decks). Tribes with exactly 3 members are allowed to play in Underdog events with 8 slots filled by Changelings, whereas nobody else (but, of course, Shapeshifter decks) can play with more than 4 Changelings in those events.

 The Underdog Prize: During any event of the regular rotation (but not during the one-time special events), all players who are running an Underdog Tribe are eligible for a 1-tix credit on Pennybot. The tie-breakers are first the number of Underdog categories (for instance, a tribe that's simultaneously Endangered and Unhallowed will take the prize over one that's only Endangered), then the points achieved in the final standings. During Underdog events, only the True Underdog tribes are rewarded (those are the tribes belonging to all three categories of Underdog at once).

 The Up-and-Coming Prize: When a tribe wins an event for the first time ever (losing Unhallowed status), its pilot will get a 3-tix certificate from MTGO Traders.

 The Hamtastic Award: The Biodiversity Prize dedicated to the memory of Erik Friborg has started the first quarter of 2016. The quarter will end March 26. By that date, the player or players who registered the greatest number of different tribes (except Human, Elf and Goblin) will get a 5-tix certificate from MTGO Traders. Congratulations to last quarter's winner, AJ_Impy!

 The Top Players Lockout: Every time a Top Player (either a Google Era Top 8, an Ultimate Champion/Tribal Player of the Year, or a seasonal Top 8) will end undefeated, they will not be allowed to register the same tribe and deck again for 5 events (i.e. they'll have to register a different deck or decks 5 times before coming back to the undefeated one). With "deck" is meant a specific, recognizable archetype (e.g. Wall-Drazi), which in some case will be linked to a specific combo card (e.g. Helm of Obedience). A list of the current lockouts is maintained here.

 Wanna test your deck? Tell us when you're online, and look who else is there and when! All of this here!


 The upcoming Tribal Apocalypse events of the Blippian Era (every Saturday at 17:00 GMT):

  • 6.09 (Week 270 BE), on March 5: Underdog
  • 6.10 (Week 271 BE), on March 12: Regular
  • 6.11 (Week 272 BE), on March 19: Pure
  • 6.12 (Week 273 BE), on March 26: Regular

Check out all the rules for the sub-formats!

Check out the full Tribal Calendar for 2016!



Time cannot be measured. Most by perlasabon2016 at Sat, 03/05/2016 - 10:06
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Time cannot be measured. Most especially when people are working hard to achieved something. - Bobby Price

Such is the case by JimMoore at Wed, 03/09/2016 - 02:58
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